Iowa Regional Collaborative News and Events


May 25-28, 2019, Austin, Texas - NISOD International Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence

NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence is the definitive gathering of community and technical college educators passionate about teaching and learning. Over the years, NISOD’s annual conference has provided faculty, administrators, and staff with the resources, ideas, and solutions that drive excellence in all areas of community and technical college campuses. Come and be inspired by thought-provoking sessions and pre-conference seminars designed specifically for community and technical college educators committed to improving student achievement.


How People Learn (CIRTL)

May 28-July 2, at 11:30AM-12:45PM ET / 10:30-11:45AM CT

'How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School' (2000) is a seminal work about the processes of learning. A product of the National Academies, this book lays the foundation for a scientific understanding of learning, as well as how this understanding can inform better teaching practice. In 2018, a follow-up book, How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures, was released, which continued where the first one left off. Together, these texts provide a formidable introduction to learning for future (and current!) faculty.

Online Teaching Practicum (CIRTL)

May 29-July 24, at 2-4 PM ET / 1-3 PM CT

Participants in the course will focus on how to leverage the online environment to offer their students a unique experience that would otherwise be difficult to produce in the in-person classroom by drawing on the research of teaching and learning and the vast experience of facilitating online synchronous events of the CIRTL Network.


Posted on 4/24/19

DMACC Future Faculty Visit Day

On April 23, 1-4pm, 26 graduate students and postdocs from Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa joined Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Ankeny Campus "Future Faculty Visit day". This visit day included a campus tour and two panel sessions. The first administrative panel included five speakers: Dr. Kari Hensen, Associate Dean of Science, Engineering, Math and Social Sciences; Dr. Jennifer Owenson, Executive Director, Human Resources; Dr. Jim Casey, Associate Executive Director, Human Resources; Deb Koua, Director, Grants and Contracts; Dr. Anna Conway, Director of Teaching and Learning. The speakers introduced the history and development of DMACC, as well as existing programs. Panelists also introduced Aspire NSF INCLUDES teaching practicum program, Aspire Iowa Regional Collaborative, and other teaching opportunities for graduate students. At the faculty panel session, five STEM professors shared their teaching experience from diverse perspectives. After the panel, students had good conversations with panelists.


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